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CFMC Orchid Event

Help keep our community flourishing September is such a special month for the Community Foundation of Middlesex County. It’s the time we gather and celebrate all the great people who are doing great things for our community. Unfortunately, we will not be able to enjoy an evening together this year. The purchase of an orchid collection, however, will allow the Read More →


Submit Your Favorite Middlesex County Nonprofit For A Pop Up Grant

We believe every gift, no matter the size, makes an impact in our community. If you have ever joined us at one of our gatherings, you know we find many ways to say Thank You, including our “Pop Up Grant” awards. You submit the name of your favorite Middlesex County nonprofit organization and we put Read More →


Community Foundation of Middlesex County

In the face of challenges, we all have choices

Dear Friends, At the Community Foundation of Middlesex County, we view equity as our responsibility, and we are committed to helping all our friends and neighbors thrive and prosper.  Quite simply, we believe that, while we are all different, we all deserve respect, and we understand that a thriving community cannot exist where all are Read More →


Keep Up with CFMC – Editions of our E-News and E-Announcements Posted

Just catching up with CFMC? We’re so glad you’re here! Here is a list of our recent E-News and E-Announcements – you can either launch the webpage view or the PDF view … and we hope you will subscribe HERE (scroll below our staff contact information, enter your contact information, and submit) – keep up Read More →


Masks for CT – Middletown Distribution Sites

CFMC is honored to join great partners to support our community. Join us Thursday, May 14th – two distributions sites in Middletown: Middletown High School, 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. Middlesex Health, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.


Local Food Pantries

Throughout Middlesex County, our friends and neighbors are supporting one another in so many ways. We are honored to live in a community where everyone chips in, understanding that together we can help our neighbors in need. Our local food pantries need your help. Whether you are rearranging your pantry during our “stay home stay Read More →


Sewing Masks for Middlesex Health

Our friends at Middlesex Health have received a lot of questions about how our community can HELP during this time. They are appreciative of the many offers to sew masks for health professions. Middlesex Health has prepared an FAQ on how to sew masks for health care providers – including information about the type of Read More →


Killingworth Community Fund Celebrates “Good People Doing Great Things”

There are so many things that make up a vibrant community, from arts and culture, education and the environment to health and social services, civic engagement, and economic opportunity. You, along with your neighbors, are the key ingredient – giving back where you live, work, and play, and making a very real and positive difference Read More →


Buddy Benches Abound

The Community Foundation’s Council of Business Partners Buddy Bench project, in partnership with Rushford, a Hartford Healthcare Partner, continues to grow and share benches throughout Middlesex County. The Council of Business Partners’ original idea of a buddy bench on every school playground has attracted lots of attention in Middlesex County, and people are coming to Read More →


Liz Petry Featured on The Nutmeg Podcast

A Round of Applause to Liz Petry We are so pleased to share the news that Liz Petry was featured on a recent podcast episode of The Nutmeg discussing her family tree and the documentary film she and her cousins are working on. Here is more information on the podcast – take a listen! The Read More →


Reflections on an internship – Hanna Ohaus

The Community Foundation of Middlesex County was thrilled to welcome Hanna Ohaus during the summer of 2019. Hanna spent the summer helping us in the office – and she always did it with a big smile and a “no problem!” Hanna is truly AMAZING! Whatever we asked her to do – from printing and copying Read More →


Support Our Local Food Pantries

As summer winds down, and camps come to an end, many of our families and children struggle to access food – both through summer lunch programs and available food items in our pantries. Consider donating canned or dried foods to your local food bank, or making a gift to a nearby shelter. Your neighbors will Read More →


Celebrating CFMC Grantees

Friends, donors, Board and committee members, and nonprofit organizations came together July 25 at the Essex Steam Train & Riverboat to celebrate “Good People Doing Great Things.” More than 130 people joined CFMC to recognize the grant recipients of 2018 and to share incredible stories of the positive impact we are having – together – on Read More →


A Warm Welcome to Mary-Jo Matava

We are pleased to introduce Mary-Jo Matava, CFMC’s new Director of Development. Mary-Jo joined the CFMC team on July 15th and has already found many great opportunities to meet our   friends and supporters, participate in fun events, and “Help Good People Do Great Things.” When asked what she was most looking forward to, Mary-Jo responded, Read More →


Happy Father’s Day

Thank You For your honesty and compassion; for leading by example and having the courage to admit a mistake; for being a provider and problem solver. For everything you do, you give, and you are – a father, a brother, an uncle, a friend, a mentor, a hero – Happy Father’s Day! In recognition of Read More →


Community Foundation of Middlesex County

Happy Anniversary, Killingworth Community Fund (KCF)

Celebrating All Things Killingworth! Happy Anniversary, Killingworth Community Fund (KCF)! The Killingworth Community Fund (KCF) builds and supports the community – one grant at a time – in partnership with the Community Foundation of Middlesex County (CFMC). In two short years KCF has supported many local nonprofits through grants. Here are just a few: The Read More →


Celebrating The Power of Women Helping Women

Oh What a Night! Thank you to everyone who joined CFMC’s Sari A. Rosenbaum Fund for Women & Girls to celebrate the power of Women Helping Women! Friends and neighbors gathered at the Essex Yacht Club for an evening of inspiration, network, and great discussions. Dr. Kristen Zarfos discussed the importance of taking care of Read More →


Happy Mother’s Day

Teacher, Mentor, Coach, Confidant, Friend. Mother, Sister, Aunt, Grandmother, and so much more. The Board of Directors, members of the Sari A. Rosenbaum Fund for Women & Girls, and the staff at CFMC wish you a very Happy Mother’s Day. THANK YOU for all you do. Thank you for your caring ways, your compassion, your Read More →


Community Foundation of Middlesex County

Celebrating V.I.V.s – Very Important Volunteers

April is National Volunteer Month, and we can’t say thank you enough to the Good People Doing Great Things in Middlesex County. The Community Foundation is honored and humbled to work with so many incredible individuals in our community. We are celebrating V.I.V.s – Very Important Volunteers. Whether it is on  a committee, as a Read More →


CT Humanities Awards Grant to the James Family Documentary Project Fund at the Community Foundation of Middlesex County

The James Family and the Community Foundation of Middlesex County (CFMC) are pleased to announce that Connecticut Humanities (CTH) has awarded the James Family Documentary Project Fund a grant of $17,500 for the continuing work on Ann Petry and the James Family Letters. Journalist, community volunteer and former CFMC board member Elisabeth (Liz) Petry and Read More →


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